Illinois man in jail on $1 million bail after 3-month-old son dies

A Marion man was charged in the battery of his 3-month-old son, who died Monday.

Devin A. O’Daniell, 25, of Marion was charged with domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, and aggravated battery to a child on Friday. He was brought to jail at 3:48 a.m. Saturday and his bail was set at $1 million.

O’Daniell remained in custody Tuesday afternoon.

Marion police were called to Meadowland Parkway, where a woman said her child had been abused. Marion police and the State’s Attorney’s office would not say when the police were initially called. A representative of the state’s attorney said the office would answer questions on Thursday.

Neither the baby nor his mother have been identified by police.

The mother took the infant, Calude O’Daniell, to the Heartland Regional Medical Center before police arrived. The father, identified as O’Daniell by the Marion police, was walking away from the area and taken to the police department.

The baby was later taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, where he died on Monday afternoon.

The Marion Police Department, the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit, and the Department of Children and Family Services are investigating.

The baby’s organs will be donated to two children and one adult, according to the news release from Marion police.

Donations for funeral expenses are being taken at the O’Charley’s restaurant in Marion and memorials may be sent to Pate Funeral Home in Benton.